Definition of thinking in English:


Syllabification: think·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈTHiNGkiNG




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  • 1The process of using one’s mind to consider or reason about something: they have done some thinking about welfare reform
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    • Leadership, strategic thinking and motivation are considered to be the key qualities of an effective CEO.
    • Why have these discredited ways of thinking become so influential once again?
    • Such offences, so the thinking goes, are of a lesser order and should not stigmatize violators.
  • 1.1A person’s ideas or opinions: his thinking is reflected in his later autobiography
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    • I think these are over-inflated ideas, and my thinking comes out of working with depressed people.
    • Their thinking, ideas, and aspirations should be a part of the planning exercise for their city.
    • I have no idea what their thinking is at this moment in time other than by reading their own public utterances.
    reasoning, logic, idea(s), theory, line of thought, philosophy, beliefs; opinion(s), view(s), thoughts, position, judgment, assessment, evaluation
  • 1.2 (thinkings) • archaic Thoughts; meditations.


good (or nice) thinking

Used as an expression of approval for an ingenious plan, explanation, or observation.
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  • However, his great stroke of genius was the lateral thinking he employed when he decided to use the same principle on a larger scale, on a different surface, thus inventing the lawn mower. Good thinking, huh?
  • Now that's good thinking, but still not very heroic.
  • It was good thinking, except I'd forgotten it was Tuesday and, on Tuesdays, the Post Office in Spilsby shuts at midday.

put on one's thinking cap

informal Meditate on a problem.
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  • Settle into a comfy chair, get out your notebook, and put on your thinking cap.
  • Now go put on your thinking cap, ration yourself thirty minutes for a little intellectual playtime, and read the whole thing.
  • This play may not be for the faint of heart - be prepared to put on your thinking cap and engage it head-on.

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